- a small drum or pair of drums of India tuned to different pitches and played with the hands.
Origin of tabla
1860–65; earlier tubla < Hindi tablā < Arabic ṭabla, derivative of ṭabl drum
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Examples from the Web for tabla
One leg of each was resting on the tabla The lady reported us as sitting together on a sofa.Ancient Faiths And Modern
Tabla ang risulta sa iliksiyun, The election ended in a draw.
Tabla ang itap-ung sa lungag, Use a piece of wallboard to cover the hole.
At our wish she then brought out the tabla, or board of wood on which the beating is done, and the stone for beating.In Indian Mexico (1908)
- a musical instrument of India consisting of a pair of drums whose pitches can be varied
Hindu, from Arabic tabla drum
Word Origin and History for tabla
pair of drums used in northern Indian music, 1865, from Hindi, from Arabic tabl "a drum played with the hand."
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